Welcome to the Barrowcliff 'Our Bigger Story' website. This is part of the multi media evaluation of 15 Big Local areas in England. The website is an opportunity to follow what is changing in Barrowcliff as a result of Big Local over a ten year period.

The aim of the website is to share the learning from everything that is happening in Barrowcliff with other Big Local areas and highlight what works in communities with a wider audience of practitioners and policy makers.

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  • Gallows Close Community Support
    March 4, 2024      Film
    We would like to thank Big Local for supporting us in making improvements to our building: the new LED lights have brought down the cost of utility bills massively and the new kitchen extension allows us to offer cooking on a budget classes for young people and adults, as well as being able to offer a free cafe. With support from Big Local we have seen an increase in the amount of people using our building, for example when we run the community bingo which has been hugely successful and something we aim to continue.
  • Easter Bingo & Afternoon Tea
    March 24, 2023      Photo
    Barrowcliff Big Local, in partnership with Gallows Close Centre, hosted a second, hugely successful Bingo event. This time residents were treated to a delicious afternoon tea provided by Team Gallows. Numbers were double on last time, with 50 people attending and enjoying a good natter and a few laughs! Some were lucky enough to go home with some Easter Egg prizes!
  • BIG Photo Competition 2022
    January 27, 2023      Photo
    In an attempt to boost Big Local Facebook interaction and promote local activities and events, the Partnership launched a Photo Competition in autumn 2022 for residents to take part in. A total of five £50 vouchers were up for grabs for each of the following categories: Children - Pets - Scenery - Community Events - Christmas. The Partnership was overwhelmed with more than 200 colourful entries that were shared across the Facebook group. Here's a snippet of just a few...
  • Pie & Pea Lunch / Bingo
    January 27, 2023      Photo
    After a little chat at a Partnership meeting, Big Local decided to have a go at hosting a Bingo event. With their close working relationship with Gallows Close Centre, they teamed up and came up with a Pie & Pea Lunch followed by Bingo. Team Gallows provided a tasty hot lunch to drum up business on a cold January day and attracted 25 people, some from neighbouring communities too. Not bad for a first attempt! The word got out and residents asked for more Bingo events. Some people hadn't socialised with friends and neighbours since pre-Covid days and this was just what they needed!